There can be so many problems a business can run into. Hiring and firing staff when you make a mistake on a candidate. Not having the right premises for your business. Doubting the advantage social media can give you when it comes to marketing and advertising your business and brand.

All of these can become a huge concern to you and your business, but let’s be honest here, without cash, money, prospects, your business suffers big time. Not managing the financial side of things can see you spiral out of control and even end up in debt. Which is something no one wants. With that in mind, here are some of the ways that you can keep the cash rolling in and out effectively in your business. 

Spending where you don’t need to

The spending inside a business can either be frugal or extravagant. Many business owners can struggle at the beginning of their company journey and spend money in areas they don’t need to. Outsourcing when they could do the job themselves, or attempting to do something they haven’t the right skillset in and subsequently paying for it to be done properly. It is always advisable to make decisions on spending wisely and ensure that you spend what is necessary. 

Not projecting correctly

Taking on your company projections can sometimes see you in hot water. We have all heard of when entrepreneurs seriously overvalue their businesses and projections can play a huge part in that. People tend to want to be optimistic and subsequently, work on their cash flow projections and basing them not on exact facts but potentially what could be achieved if certain targets are met. This can be a huge mistake, and when it comes to projections of cash flow and profit, it is always advisable to work on the factual side of things. 

Not managing your receivables 

Businesses can get into trouble fast if they find that they are owed money coming in, but find that they are not paying until necessary. Businesses can find themselves in a temporary cash-flow crisis and often this is when you need to look into how you are able to take funds quickly.

This is when looking at payment methods and making it easier could be the answer, such as making it possible to accept credit cards with your phone, using payment websites like PayPal or offering up bank transfer options. Managing your receivables is vital, this is so you know when to expect a decrease in cash flow, and otherwise then enabling you to make sure you take the right approach. 

Being too hasty with your payables

Finally, just like you are waiting for payments, it is always advisable for you to ensure you pay only when is necessary. Many people are given the grace of thirty days to pay for trade sales, and this can be beneficial to a business to ensure the cash stays in their own accounts until the very last minute it is needed to be paid. Therefore enabling you to keep faith with your business partners, but helping you to stay on top of your own business cash flow. 

Let’s hope that these issues help you to become more aware of your business cash flow situation. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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